The parish council are planning to plant an orchard in a section of the recently acquired land in the village.

Our intention is to plant varieties that are local to the area with some additional fruit trees that should fruit well in our climate.

The list is not yet complete so if you think we have missed some essential local fruit trees please let us know.

The trees we plan to plant this winter are:-

NotesVarietyTypeUseImage
BittersweetChisel JerseyAppleCider
Camelot will produce a mild, bittersharp cider, best blended with other bittersweet apples. It originates from Somerset in the mid 19th century and is a useful dual-purpose fruit, cooking down to an excellent sharp golden puree. It is a fairly vigorous tree with good general disease resistance. Apples can be picked from mid-October and if stored correctly will keep through until January.CamelotAppleCider/Cooking
Dabinett is one of the most popular and highly regarded cider varieties available. It is of vintage quality, with a bittersweet, well balanced and full bodied juice, often used for single variety cider. Dabinett originates from Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset and whilst trees are usually small in habit and moderate in vigour, crops are regular and good. It has fairly good overall disease resistance and the hard and heavy apples will happily store before being pressed in November. DabinettAppleCider
Produces cider of a medium bittersweet vintage with a good flavour and strong aroma. The fruit drops from the tree when fully ripe. It was first found growing out of a wall by the water wheel at Yarlington, North Cadbury in Somerset during the late 19th century. Yarlington MillAppleCider
An old English dessert apple dating back to the 1700s, Ashmeads Kernel is arguably the best tasting traditional variety. Its flavour is complex with sweet pear drop and sharp citrus undertones. It is a firm apple with slight russetting, excellent for eating, juicing and cider making.Ashmead's KernelAppleDessert
Blenheim Orange is a dual purpose variety that is sweet and nutty to taste and can also be used for apple sauces. The tree itself is strong limbed and produces heavy crops. This variety was found near Blenheim, Oxfordshire in 1840.Blenheim OrangeAppleDessert
This is an old Somerset variety that was first introduced in the 1790s. It bears small to medium sized conical apples with a fruity and aromatic flavour. A pretty apple with golden yellow skin, speckled russet and red blushes, it is crisp, sweet and juicy. It is a vigorous and hardy tree with good resistance to scab and canker, making it a wise choice for planting in areas of high rainfall. Court of WickAppleDessert
Bramley apples are the most popular and probably most well-known cooker apples. When cooked they form a golden fluffy puree with a sharp bite. Bramley apple trees are vigorous and long lived, resistant to canker and apple scab. The Bramley variety was formed after a young girl planted apple pips in her garden, in Nottinghamshire in 1809. BramleyAppleCooking
Grenadier is an early season cooking apple that cooks to a sharp creamy puree. It spurs freely producing regular heavy crops of healthy apples. It has good general disease resistance and will grow happily in the wetter climates of the south west or the colder parts of the north. A very good apple that can be picked from August, it can also be used as a pollinator for Bramley. Grenadier was first recorded in Kent around 1860 though it is thought to have been cultivated for many years prior. GrenadierAppleCooking
Newton Wonder was found by an innkeeper growing in the thatch of the Hardinge Arms in Derbyshire, 1870! It is believed to be a cross of Dumelow’s Seedling and Blenheim Orange and cooks down to a juicy, creamy puree - excellent for baked apple. It has a milder flavour than Bramley’s Seedling, which can be rather sharp and acidic. A late season variety, it stores well into spring, by which time it makes a good brisk and fruity eating apple. It is an great choice for northern growers or those with exposed land as trees are vigorous and healthy, and is sure to give heavy crops.Newton WonderAppleCooking
Tender and juicy flesh with a rosewater flavourBeurre HardyPearDessert
Green and russeted reliable heavy crops Frost tolerant, eat or cook Herts. 19th centuryConferencePearDessert
Pear ‘Beth’ is well suited to the UK climate, producing good crops of smooth, pale yellow dessert fruits with sweet, juicy flesh and soft, melting texture. The fruits are best eaten freshly picked in September as they won’t keep for long.BethPearDessert
Heavy crops excellent for bottling or jam can be ripened for dessert plums
Sussex 19th century
VictoriaPlumb
A dual purpose plum that has regular crops of dark plums. Popular in Victorian times. Rivers' Early ProlificPlumb
Large crops of large purple fruit
Berks.1912
Marjorie's SeedlingPlumb
Nottingham is widely considered the best flavoured Medlar. It has a weeping habit and twisting branches, making a pretty ornamental tree with white flowers in the spring and autumn leaves turning a golden orange. Fruits are ready to be picked from mid October and early November to then be stored for a few weeks whilst they ‘blet’ – after which they are soft enough to eat. NottinghamMedlar